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Old 11-07-2018, 10:45 AM   #1
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I work in I.T. as a programmer/analyst and I have for a long, long time.

I made a company change about 6 month ago after having the previous company go thru a takeover with the intent to sell its pieces. I have always been in smaller companies but this time went to a multi-billion dollar corporation with double the commute(now 1 hr).

It did not take me long to realize that the corp world was not for me. I had a small company very close to home reach out to me with an unsolicited offer and as of next Monday, I will be starting there.

My rant is.....the people that have said "Oh, you're changing again?" when they hear about this. If I do what's best for me, the proper response is "Congratulations and good luck".

I spent most of my career(15 yrs) at a hospital and only left because I was out-sourced, then 4 years at the next place until the takeover.

I have learned to do what's best for Me, my family and future the same as business does what is best for the business.

I have burned no bridges.

Rant over and you can't get that 30 seconds back.

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Old 11-07-2018, 10:57 AM   #2
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Hahaha, no worries and congratulations.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:03 AM   #3
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Good luck with your new endeavor..

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Old 11-07-2018, 11:28 AM   #4
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Been there. Do what’s best for you and don’t worry about what people think.

Good luck.

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Old 11-07-2018, 11:40 AM   #5
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Congrats and good luck. Smart idea not to burn any bridges.
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:33 PM   #6
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I work in IT as well (System Security Engineer) and the norm for IT is about 3 years on a job before moving on. I have also heard it looks bad on your resume if you stay at one place too long in IT because you have a tendency to fall behind in the newest technologies and trends. I wouldn't worry about what others think. My first IT job lasted 2 years, the second was about 3.5 years and my current is now 3.5 years and I have doubled my salary at each because I added so much to my skillset at each one. The company I work for now just lost the federal contract they have and I spoke with HR at the company that will be taking over and they were a little surprised at what I make now and agreed I was underpaid.

Bottom line, if you play your cards right in IT you can advance exponentially compared to most fields. 2-3 year terms between jobs isn't looked at as a negative in this field. Because of this some hiring managers see longer terms as a negative and feel the candidate is unmotivated. As for my current job, I love it and hope to stay here the rest of my career although it will probably be with a different company.
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Old 11-07-2018, 02:13 PM   #7
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First off, Congrats on finding a new job that fits you!
My wife just made a job change as well and got similar responses. She was asked, why would they even hire you knowing you change jobs every 2 years, which was pretty rude. A couple of her job changes came about due to mergers of the company, but she has also moved jobs to find one the fits her best.
Bottom line, work takes a whole lot of your life, why be unhappy with how you are spending that time.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:38 PM   #8
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I was chatting with a recruiter a couple weeks ago and he liked that my resume showed no gaps and nothing terribly short. I feel like I have a few too many short term roles, but he said they arent problematic.

I was at a bank for 10+ years, left to go to another place for 8 months before an unsolicited offer, stayed there for 1.5 years before another unsolicited offer (I was looking at the time, just not for this role). Im interviewing at a few different places now, just to see what fits. I’ve been in my current role for 1 3/4 years and it just isnt where I want to be.

My friends give me shit, but if I can increase my salary by ... shit ... a lot in a short period of time, why not? Between 40 and 50 are your money making years. Take advantage of it.

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Old 11-07-2018, 10:37 PM   #9
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Yup, do what's right for you and not worry about what others say or think. They aren't the one living your life...
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